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Pc Ian Dibell honoured

Pc Ian Dibell has been awarded the Chief Constable’s High Commendation in recognition of his bravery.

Nick Alston said: “In July 2012, Pc Dibell acted courageously and selflessly, intervening in an extremely dangerous and fast moving situation to protect the community in which he lived in Clacton.” 

“I am very pleased that, on May 1st, 2013, Jim Barker-McCardle awarded the Chief Constable’s High Commendation to Ian Dibell.  It is the highest honour that a Chief Constable can grant, and it is fully deserved. 

“Ian’s family and the wider policing family are rightly proud of Ian’s actions, which very sadly cost him his life.  I am certain that the people of Essex share that sadness at the loss of a fine police officer, and that pride at the bravery Ian displayed.”

Several other options for honouring Ian are also under consideration, locally and nationally.

Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said: “Ian’s brave and selfless actions demonstrate his only motivation was to save lives, regardless of any personal risk.

“At the time of the incident, there were several members of the public present who might have been wounded or killed if Ian had not intervened as he did. Ian’s brave, courageous and selfless actions no doubt saved others from harm.

“He consciously stepped into danger to protect others and tragically paid the ultimate price. His fearless actions were in the best traditions of policing.

“The sacrifice he made for the safety of others will never be forgotten.”


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